Author Archives: Melody Bishop

The *New* Inner Connection

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The Goddess Alter at The New Inner Connection

 

It is truly a blessing that at the 11th hour, the prayers of the metaphysical community have been answered. The Inner Connection was bought and moved a block over and is now located at the corner of Bridge Street and 3rd Street in the old “Esther Hempt” (locals know this) space.

The new owner, Ratha Ly is breathing new life into the store while putting wind in the practitioner’s sails. In addition to readings, The practitioners can practice Reiki out of the space as well. Classes are forming and are becoming abundant.

The New Inner Connection has 2 reading/healing rooms, a meeting room, lots of space (you can even twirl in the middle of the store, like I did!), natural light and camaraderie.

There are Angel Circles, Spirit Circles, Full Moon/ New Moon gatherings, classes galore, reading nooks and enough space and abundance for everyone!

Make it a point to check it out. You will love it there.

Garden Magic

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This is the time of year where we spend a lot of time in our gardens. Gardens can be a wonderfully simple way of bringing more magic in your life. If you are an apartment dweller, don’t despair! Container gardens work well. Remember that you will have to water them daily and transplant your plants to bigger containers, or replace the soil every year to keep the roots healthy.

There are many common plants that have magical lore. Each plant you put in your space brings a certain energy to both the garden, your home, and if used in ritual- your practice.

Here are a few common plants and their magical attributes.

Basil– Highly regarded in India as sacred. The Greeks still crown a bride with a basil wreath in one of the world’s oldest wedding traditions. The aroma dispels dispiriting thoughts.

Betony– This herb makes beautiful purple flowers. Wood Betony was said to provide protection from curses, and assist with the exorcism of bad spirits

Clover– This “weed” was once regarded sacred to the goddess Hecate. Old spell books list clover, dill and vervain to be wrapped in a trefoil and thrown into the Midsummer’s Fires.

Dill– This herb is best kept in a locket as a love spell, and was once used to fend off witches. This induces sleep and digestive problems.

Fennel– This is a very effective protection amulet and was worn by the ancient Greeks to aid in battle.

Hyssop– This herb can purify your energy in the bath and protect you if it is worn as an amulet.

Jasmine– The scent of this night blooming plant is common in love sachets. It is ruled by Jupiter, so it can also bring abundance.

Juniper– If you plant it at the doorstep, it can ward off of evil spirits. It was burned with rosemary and thyme, to clean the air during the Plague.

Rosemary– A sprig of fresh rosemary placed under the pillow can ward off bad dreams and insomnia.

Rue– Rue has had a very long history in magic and witchcraft. A sprig can be dipped into water and sprinkled around the home to ward off evil spirits. Hang a sprig over windows and doors to protect from all kinds of evil.

The best thing about gardening is the sense of grounding and peace that comes with being outside in nature. Knowing that some of the plants that you may have in your space have deeper spiritual qualities, can make your love of gardening grow.

~Melody

June, 2016

Shinrin-Yoku, the healing act of “Forest Bathing.”

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Collectively, western society has become borderline hysterical. You can just turn on the TV and see how the world has become mad. Day in and day out, negative energy bombards us through our devices and media. It is exhausting, stressful, causes disease and interferes with out circadian rhythms. We get so caught up in the drama of being connected, that we panic when we cannot get a wifi or data signal. The sense of being all “up in our heads,” takes over, leading to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and substance abuse. We just want the “noise” to stop, but we cannot imagine our lives without it.

Think back to a time where you were out in a forest walking at a relaxed pace. The air is clean, you are feeling the tension leaving your body and the birds are singing. You can taste the sweet air, feeling the breeze on your face. In The more time you spend here the more present you become. The chaos clattering about within quiets down that turns into a calm and grounded connection with the Earth.

Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese word for “forest bathing,” the art of breathing in and enjoying the forest with all senses. It is no surprise that the Japanese came up with a word for this practice, since 68.5% of the land mass is covered in forests! Not to be confused with hiking, Shinrin-Yoku is a slow deliberate enjoyment of the forest. Typically, this can cover ½ to 1 mile of area and lasts 2-4 hours. Time is taken to sit, skip stones, and marvel at the different shades of green in the sunshine.

The benefits of this practice are immediate. With the constant barrage of information we are receiving through our many devices, being “off the grid” for a few hours a week can do wonders.

Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

For more information about Shinrin-Yoku, check out these websites below.

http://nutriunify.com/what-is-forest-bathing-and-how-it-can-slash-stress-and-boost-immunity/

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/herbal-remedies/forest-bathing-ze0z1301zgar.aspx

http://wakeup-world.com/2015/03/18/healing-body-and-soul-through-the-japanese-art-of-shinrin-yoku/

A gift for a gift

 

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People often ask me if I use the runes for myself. From the time I was 16 to the age of 33, I did. They had always been a part of my daily routine in the morning. From the moment I had started reading the runes for others in exchange for payment, the ability to read my own ceased. At 33, when I did my first psychic fair, the gift was lost to me forever to read for myself again.

 

It had felt like I lost my best friend.

 

Sacrifice in order to receive something greater is nothing new. Odin hung from Yggrdrasill for nine days before he received the wisdom of the runes.

 

I remember thinking the words “A gift for a gift,” that day. At that moment, I realized that Odin merely let me know that everything will always have a price and nothing should be taken for granted. I then realized that the loss of guidance was replaced by the ability to be able to provide for my family.

 

In doing so, it is also necessary with such a gift, to give back. This is why I often do charity work with the runes.

 

Entering into a professional relationship with the runes is never something to be taken lightly. If you are pondering this, I will tell you right now, that they will not make you a millionaire. They will humble you if your head gets too big. They will trip you up if you become careless. They will confuse you if you become arrogant. They will drive you mad if you use them to cause harm.

 

Use them with a humble heart steeped in deep respect and they will teach you to help others.

 

It has been ten years since I read my first paying client. The idea of reading myself rarely crosses my mind these days. When it does, I simply hold my pouch of willow or cherry runes, and I feel the wisdom within them move through my hands and into my heart. I breathe the name of the first rune that comes into my mind as I hold the spirit of that rune within my heart and soul. I feel the pulse of the runes through my veins and in every skin cell. In that moment, I feel the comforting presence of the All-Father smiling within. I thank him for the gift of this moment.

 

Grateful for Gracefull Heart

Last month, I was blessed to have my “first gig” at a lovely store called Gracefull Heart Spiritual Shop on Trindle Road in Carlisle, PA.

 

Every now and then, I check out online listings for new and different places that open up. Google finally decided to share the news with me! I was surprised to find out that this little place has been in business since 2011.

 

When I arrived the first time to meet Sharon, I noticed the warmth and authenticity she exuded. The store has a nice vibe, with an impressive selection of oracle cards and crystals and gemstones. Gracefull Heart also has a lovely variety of singing bowls (my favorite metaphysical toy), books, oils and lovely gifts to delight the seeker in your life.

 

In the back of the store, there is a lovely reiki room, and also beautiful room which has a Dominus Cervix Stargate. The Stargate consists of a pattern of the Merkaba (also known as the Star of David), with specially charged glass orbs located at key points within the Merkaba. The client sits in the center while listening to instrumental music and enters a state of meditation. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to give it a try. It was indeed relaxing, and I believe I had past life memories pertaining to my irrational fear of horses in this life!

 

This is a lovely store and is a welcome addition to Central Pennsylvania’s growing Metaphysical Community. I am glad to be a part of it!

 

Stop by their website at:

 

http://www.gracefull-heart.com/

The Inner Connection in New Cumberland, PA

Spring is here, and with it, comes the winds of change! In Pennsylvania, we have had some really strong winds as of late.

These cold winds are indicative of Earth’s desperate attempt to hold on to winter. Change will also come because the trees and plants are being pollinated by that same wind.

This leads me to the point of this post. (Like Monty Python says “GET ON WITH IT!”)

It is with a heavy heart (for selfish reasons, of course) to say that this month will be my last time reading at The Inner Connection Metaphysical Shoppe in New Cumberland. I will be there all day on April 16th.

The Inner Connection is closing in May.

(Don’t ask me anything about whether anyone is buying it or not, because I do not know. Not my circus, not my monkeys)

Jan and Paul have decided to move on with things and start a new chapter in their lives. I am thrilled that they will be able to spend more family time, take vacations, or even sleep in! It has always been an honor to read there. My first gig was reading at one of their Fun Fests in the fall of 2007. Before then, I was one of the “Kids,” who frequented the store in my teenage days of heavy metal t shirts, dyed big hair and a hyperactive temperament that must have made Jan’s head spin. There were times that Jan would point her index finger at me, tell it like it is, and get me in line. I have named the term “Jan giving me the finger,” She has done that as needed, throughout our friendship.

Paul officiated the wedding of my husband Joe and I. It was a wonderful and beautiful day by the Susquehanna River with great friends and family. Having Paul and Jan there meant so much to us.

The Inner Connection has always been a safe haven, a respite from the chaos of the outside world, and a meeting place for veterans and newbies alike. While it will be missed, we need to remember that place (along with Jan and Paul) blazed a trail for the rest of us to follow. Jan and Paul helped so many of us to find our own wings to fly.

It is time for them to fly now.

Kushti bok jal a drom

(good luck on the road)

~M.B

April 7th 2016

 

Smudging with Palo Santo

Smudging is the sacred art of clearing a space by burning bundles of herbs (usually sage or cedar) to clear and create a sacred space. For years, sage bundles were my first choice. While effective, they triggered my asthma and allergies in a bad way! I would have to medicate before I could even use it. While I loved the energetic after-effect of a freshly smudged space, I began to dread smudging with sage, only using it when I absolutely had to.

A fellow colleague had introduced me to Palo Santo and had given me a piece to take home to try. It did not trigger my allergies and asthma the way sage did. On top of that, the smoke smelled divine! The delightful scent lingered long after I burned it. I was hooked!

Palo Santo (“Holy Wood”)  tree belongs to the Burseraceae family which also includes Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal. Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred  ceremonies; the smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the aura of participants to clear negativity, bad luck and to chase away evil spirits.

Smudging with Palo Santo can be done the same way that one smudges with Sage. The only difference is  with Palo Santo, the stick can be extinguished and used again. Traditionally with Sage, the stick must burn down.

To smudge, simply light the end of the Palo Santo wood and blow out when the tip glows red. Use an ashtray or fireproof container to catch any falling ash. In a clockwise direction slowly allow the space to fill with the fragrant smoke. Pay extra attention to corners, closets, the attic and basement. If the stick goes our simply re-light it. When you finished, place the the stick in the ashtray and it will go out on it’s own.

Crack open a window to let the energy clear and to invite the good vibes in.

To clear your divination tools, crystals, prayer beads or anything that you choose, simply pass the item through the smoke several times.

Palo Santo wood can be purchased at metaphysical stores, expos and online at these following websites:

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/palo-santo-smudge-sticks/profile

http://sacredwoodessence.com/benefits/

http://www.shamansmarket.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=palo+santo

Happy Smudging!

~Melody

February 2016

 

 

 

 

2016 Updates and News

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Laguz symbolizes water, tides, emotions, and going with the flow

Back by popular demand, the videos will resume in February in 2016! Since October of 2015, I had been sick from a long and drawn out respiratory ailment, which I am finally recovering from. The videos will be on a monthly basis. They will be uploaded to the usual outlets like YouTube and social media. I deeply appreciate the messages and emails of concern from fans and clients who have enjoyed the video readings. You are the reason I do this!

In-Person readings will also be available by appointment in the Vickie’s Angel Foundation office in New Cumberland, PA. Please note, that 20% of your payment will be donated to the Vickie’s Angel Foundation, a wonderful charity organization that helps survivors, families and loved ones who have been affected by cancer. You can learn more about this wonderful organization here: Vickie’s Angel Foundation

The Runes By Melody Card Deck is still available for purchase! The image of Laguz above is just but one of the beautiful images included in our deck. The images were used from our personal photos (except for Isa, Wunjo and Uruz), and were made even beautiful by my husband, who is an amazing graphic designer. The booklet that comes with the deck, was written by myself. It is truly one of a kind rune deck, as we use modern images to make the runes more fitting to our daily lives.

You can purchase the deck here

There are more things in the hopper which I am still getting the details together and finishing touches on.. Stay tuned!

It feels good to be back!

~Melody

 

 

 

2016 Ponderings

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So many ch-ch-ch-changes have happened just within January 2016! My goodness! I was sad to learn that some of our cultural heroes will no longer be with us on this plane. So funny, how we become attached to a performer’s work, that it becomes a part of us. When they leave us, the void is felt all over the world. The thing that we are most blessed with, is their work. I thank God for that.

My favorite Motorhead song: (We are)TheRoadCrew

My favorite Bowie song; LifeOnMars

My favorite Alan Rickman role: Metatron

This year is going to be a very eventful year. The election will shake things up in no uncertain terms! Make sure you register to vote and get out and do so!

Please check out the new dates that have been added to the event calendar.

Let us focus on this year as being one of great change. Make sure you pray/set intention/ visualize what you want for this year. Take gentle care of you

Remember to shoot for the stars!

 

 

Autumnal Musings

RBM_RC17_jeraJera signifies abundance through patience. The rewards are hard earned and do not come easily. We can watch the cycle of nature each year while keeping in mind that our spirit does the same changing and re-birthing year after year. This is the harvest time. The abundance is here. Make sure that you share your abundance with others so it can come back to you.The rune also is associated with the patience involves in waiting for the harvest to come to fruition. So remember patience, abundance and sharing. There will be more than enough to come back to you.Good timing is another attribute to this rune.

What a busy autumn! It was a great time at the Spirit Of Oneness Expo in Harrisburg as well as the New Visions Open House! I always love doing appearances, especially when I get to meet new clients and see my fabulous regulars. It really means a lot to see all of you, so thank you. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love, and that what I do is loved by you.

Remember to take time out with your loved ones this autumnal season. Make some hot chocolate, some yummy soup and slow down and relax. These days with all of the drama going on collectively, it is important to remember the abundance in our own lives and to share it.

Much love and aloha to you all,

~Melody

New Cumberland Semi Annual Fun-Fest Autumn

What: Inner Connection Semi Annual Fun Fest

Where: New Cumberland Fire Hall

When: Saturday, September 6th 2014
It is always a great time at the Inner Connection’s semi annual Fun Fest. This time we were celebrating the approaching Fall season and it was busier than ever. There were more readers and services as well as clients. It was by far, one of the busier days I have experienced at the Fun Fest. I had a blast reading runes.

We always open the festivities by stating our intentions for the day and it always is interesting to hear what each practitioner wants to bring to the event. I shared that I wanted to provide truth and help to raise the vibration one person at a time.

Jan Wren puts it all together with the help of her friends, associates and volunteers. They keep the practitioners on track and the day going smoothly. Our experience became even more fabulous by the caterers that shared their goods as a part of the “Revitalize Downtown New Cumberland Project.” It looks like it is getting a good start!

To visit the Inner Connection’s  website, you can go here:

http://www.theinner-connection.com/

Happy upcoming Autumn!

~Melody